A cold Pearl Barley salad makes a great healthy side dish. Very easy to make.
1 cup pearl Barley
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese or feta cheese ( diced)
2 celery stalks diced
1/2 red onion diced or green onions chopped
3 cloves garlic diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 large lemon juice
1/4 cup raw roasted sunflower seeds, pine nuts or chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sea salt & fresh ground pepper to your liking
Pan roast barley before soaking, do not burn barley. Soak barley for 30 minutes, rinse barley. In a medium pot add 2 cups water and barley, cook over medium heat, reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes.
Drain barley and spread on a platter or large dish.
Refrigerate barley and cool for 30-45 minutes. (or until the barley is cold). Make sure barley is cold before mixing with other ingredients.
Dice the following ingredients, celery, garlic and onion. Rinse frozen peas, drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, add olive oil and lemon juice.
Add dice ingredients to bowl and mix well, adding sunflower seeds, parsley and peas. Refrigerate.
Before serving add cold barley and cheese to dice mixture and blend well. Add more lemon or extra virgin olive oil if needed, according to taste.
Sea salt and ground pepper to your liking.
Serve cold on a bed of greens.